The Post-Employment Economy Is Permanent

Dis­cussing the wors­en­ing eco­nomic prospects for peo­ple under the age of 35 or so has been an occa­sional topic on this blog. I’ve dis­cussed the post-employment econ­omy, how the last twenty years of wage (non)growth and cor­po­rate excess have essen­tially trans­ferred mas­sive amounts of wealth from the work­ing class to the extremely wealthy, and how […]

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The Future and Its Discontents

Evgeny Moro­zov has what can only be called another Moro­zov­ian review of some high-minded utopia book in the New Repub­lic. This time, rather than turn­ing his atten­tion on the intel­lec­tual scourge of Parag Khanna’s TED Talk, he turns his atten­tion to some­thing a bit more famil­iar to all of us: Google. Specif­i­cally, Moro­zov reviews the new […]

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The Great Transfer of Free Wealth

The past few weeks have seen an explo­sion of writ­ers com­ing out of the wood­work to com­plain about either being asked to, or feel­ing like they had to write for free. And that’s an impor­tant dis­cus­sion that should con­tinue. But it’s also part of a larger phe­nom­e­non as well. A few weeks ago I wrote about […]

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What Matters in 2015?

The longest war in Amer­i­can his­tory is com­ing to an end next year. As of Decem­ber 31, 2014, the last con­ven­tional com­bat trooper is going to be with­drawn from Afghanistan and a new era of U.S. engage­ment with that coun­try will begin. Of course, that engage­ment does not have a sta­ble shape yet: the Afghan government […]

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The Case for Optimism

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For­eign Pol­icy blog­ger Rosa Brooks wrote a rather head-scratching col­umn last week, in which she called for pes­simism about the future. I shared some of these thoughts with my col­leagues. Shouldn’t we, I sug­gested, stop kid­ding our­selves about “find­ing solu­tions” to the chal­lenges posed by tech­nolo­gies that evolve faster than our brains? Shouldn’t we instead […]

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